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Staffordshire based charity launch national day to support bereaved parents

A Staffordshire based charity is launching the very first National Bereaved Parents Day on July 3rd.

A Child of Mine hope it will help end to feelings of isolation those who have lost children can feel.

Often people don't want to speak to parents about their loss, because they are afraid of upsetting them, or don't know how to react when they become upset.

The day also aims to highlight the support available for families.

A Child of Mine founder, Gayle Routledge, lost her son Lewis to cancer on July 3rd before he was able to celebrate his 3rd birthday.

She hopes this dedicated National Day will help people understand that often just acknowledging their child can help bereaved parents feel less alone in their grief.

She said: “When Lewis was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma in June 2008 we felt as though the world had fallen around our feet and we were numb.

“After months of intensive treatment his little body could not fight anymore and on 3rd July 2010, he gained his angel wings.

“It felt like we were at the top of a waterfall and were about to be swept away.

“For us however, we felt lucky because we have wonderful support from other families we met through the hospital where Lewis was treated. This stopped us from feeling terribly alone.

“It’s why we began A Child of Mine – to be there to help and support families who have lost a child at any age under any circumstance.

“By creating a dedicated national day for bereaved parents we’re now asking everyone to show these families they are not alone.

“Thankfully not everyone will lose a child, but sadly we all know what it’s like to experience loss. I hope this day will raise awareness of child loss and start the conversation, so it no longer remains ‘the elephant in the room’.

On 3 July, everyone is asked to display messages of support across social media, and to light a candle for the children lost.

There is also a downloadable poster so anyone can create their own messages of hope and support.

A Child of Mine has created a ‘thinking of you’ e-card via www.dontsendmeacard.com/ecard/kL5p which also makes a donation to A Child of Mine to help support other parents in need.

For more information about National Bereaved Parents Day on July 3rd and how to take part go to achildofmine.org.uk and facebook.com/achildofmine

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